Pre-College Programs

Brown University Pre-College Programs

Explore the Academic Possibilities This Summer

Experience college, prepare for academic success, and make new friends from around the world in Brown Pre-College programs. Throughout the summer Brown offers multiple sessions 1-7 weeks in length, and more than 300 courses to choose from – on campus, online, and abroad.

Unless otherwise noted, courses are open to students who have completed the 9th grade.


Summer@Brown courses are carefully chosen to represent a wide range of Brown University’s open liberal arts curriculum – a core principle of a Brown education. Students live and learn on Brown’s magnificent Ivy League campus and choose from nearly 200 non-credit courses. In class, attention is shifted away from grades and credits so students can fully immerse themselves in subjects they love, and discover the satisfying challenge of college-level academics. Outside of class, students participate in a full program of events and activities, and experience the independence of college life with fellow students and new friends from around the world.

Pre-Baccalaureate College Credit Courses

Brown University's Undergraduate Summer Session is open to qualified rising and graduated high school seniors. Study side-by-side with Brown undergraduates and earn college credit in these seven-week courses drawn from across the Brown curriculum.

Online Courses

Brown's online courses are a great way for motivated and enthusiastic high school students to experience Ivy League academics, explore challenging subjects, and engage with other students from around the world. Courses are rigorous, active learning experiences designed and led by innovative, dedicated Brown instructors. Subjects include Medicine, Neuroscience, Anatomy, DNA Science, Writing, Entrepreneurship, Engineering and Leadership.

Global Programs

Brown’s Pre-College Global Programs offer rigorous academic programs and a cultural immersion experience designed to prepare students for the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century. High school students can choose to study this summer with Brown in:

Rome, Italy

Segovia, Spain

Brown Leadership Institute

This unique program combines the development of socially responsible leadership with focused study on academic topics such as health, global development, social entrepreneurship, public policy, and medicine. Students integrate their learning through course work, leadership workshops on leadership styles, public speaking, and active listening, and the development of an Action Plan project related to their school or home community.

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL)

BELL students live and learn on location, and address the challenges of global and local environmental issues in a hands-on learning environment. Field research, discussions, site visits, and debates are a few of the ways students learn together and develop socially responsible leadership skills they can apply to create change in their home communities.

Spring 2015

BELL: Hawaii - Hawaiian Ecology and Culture

BELL: New Orleans & Louisiana Gulf Coast - Ecology, Culture, and Sustainable Development

Summer 2015

BELL: Alaska - Cultural Preservation, Economic Growth, and Environmental Choices

BELL: Rhode Island - Sustainable Development and Climate Change

BELL: Narragansett Bay - Marine Science and Watershed management

Intensive English Language at Brown

English Language and Academics for University-Bound Students.

This acclaimed summer program for high-achieving students offers immersive English language study for non-native speakers, along with courses that explore American and global culture, history, economics, and the arts. Small class sizes, events, and workshops maximize student participation and student-instructor interaction. For Students who have completed 10th grade or equivalent.

SPARK - Science for Middle School Students

Explore, Discover, Achieve

The two-week SPARK program is for students who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and love science. Students will explore science topics of their choosing through coursework, hands-on inquiry-based activities, field trips, social and recreational events, and team building/leadership activities. Students will gain a foundation for further science inquiry. SPARK is meant for bright and curious students who want to learn about science both in and outside of the classroom. The SPARK experience is fun, engaging, and truly rewarding.

Summer Sports Camps

Brown University offers summer sports camps for young athletes. We are committed to providing an exceptional camp experience for campers of all ages and skill levels. Camps are led by Brown's varsity coaches, their staff and current Brown athletes.

Brown Summer High School

Brown Summer High School is Summertime Academic Enrichment for Providence-Area High School Students. Presented by the Brown Education Department.

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